I was sent a free book from Sourcebooks for my honest review.
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About the Author:
James Forrester is the pen name of acclaimed British historian Ian Mortimer, author of nonfiction works including The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England (a Sunday Times bestseller) and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. As Forrester, he is the author of Sacred Treason (Sourcebooks, October 2012), the first novel in the Clarenceaux trilogy. The last installment, The Final Sacrament, will be published in the US in September 2013.
Website:www.jamesforrester.co.uk Twitter: @IanJamesFM
The Roots of Betrayal is the second book of a trilogy surrounding a secret document that could bring down Queen Elizabeth I. William Harley, also known as Clarenceux is the current keeper of the document but someone he thought he could trust has stolen it and in this volume he travels long and far to get it back all the while learning about just whom he can count on.
You do not have to have read the first book, Sacred Treason to enjoy this book. Any backstory is explained in the narrative in a smooth manner that doesn’t interfere with the current story line. The first part of the book – excepting the very first chapter – is a bit slow but it picks up about a third of the way in. Once Clarenceux starts his search it’s a wild ride. Especially for our poor hero – he does take quite a few poundings and he has extraordinary luck but that luck is, I suppose all part of the excitement.
Historical figures play prominently in this book; specifically Cecil and Walsingham and they do seem at odds at times which is a twist on how they normally appear in novels. It’s a unique dynamic in a different take on a historical fiction book – adding in that thriller/suspense aspect that is generally not seen in the genre. It most certainly adds a page turning aspect to a familiar period in history and makes for a good read.
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Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of The Roots of Betryal by Sourcebooks for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.